According to the team's website, the San Francisco 49ers football team is named after the people who participated in the California Gold Rush. These people became known as 49ers, since the gold rush occurred from 1849 onwards. The suggestion for the name came from the team's founder, Tony Morabito. The original 49ers logo reflected the team name as it was a picture of a miner firing two pistols.Know More
The San Frisco 49ers team was formed in 1946. Prior to that, Morabito approached the National Football League in 1942 with the possibility of starting a West Coast team, but the idea was quickly rejected. When a new league was formed in 1944, the All-American Football Conference, Morabito began to establish a San Francisco franchise.
Lawrence Shaw was selected to be the team's first head coach. A total of 32 players were chosen for the team's first season, including Frankie Albert, Bruno Banducci and Joe Ventrano. The 49ers won their first game against the Chicago Rockets. Despite the initial success, the 49ers finished their first season with only three wins.
Morabito retained ownership of the team until his death in 1957. His younger brother, Victor, continued the family's ownership of the team, but the team was eventually sold to Edward DeBartolo Jr. in 1977.Learn more about US History
The noble gas argon was named by its discoverers, Baron Rayleigh and William Ramsay, in 1894. The name comes from the Greek word argon, the neuter form of the word argos, which means lazy, idle and living without labor. It was so named because of its inert qualities.Full Answer >
Alex Smith was the former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He was drafted to the 49ers in the 2005 draft as the top choice. Smith continued playing for about seven seasons with the 49ers despite typical inconsistencies that come with being a young quarterback.Full Answer >
The chemical element, nitrogen, was formally named by the French chemist Jean-Antoine Claude Chaptal when he discovered that it is a primary component of potassium nitrate, also known as nitre. The name of nitrogen is derived from the combination of the two Greek words "nitron" and "genes," meaning niter forming.Full Answer >
The element nickel is named after the devil. "Nickel" is an anglicized version of "kupfernickel," which is German for "Old Nick's copper." Old Nick is an archaic German term for Satan.Full Answer >